Praise by schools minister for improvement in GCSE results

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A SCHOOL has been praised by the Department for Education for its improvement in results.

Crofton School in Stubbington received a letter from Rt Hon David Laws, Minister of State for Schools.

The school has proven to be one of the top 100 in England showing the greatest sustained improvement in the percentage of pupils achieving five or more A*-C grade GCSEs, including English and maths.

Headteacher Ciaran O’Dowda said: ‘This is a magnificent achievement representing an acknowledgement of sustained high standards over a number of years.

‘Crofton School is a strong community of very happy students purposeful engaged in their learning. Students, staff, parents and governors should feel rightly proud of their commitment.’

Chairs of governors at the school Colin Hardy said: ‘Governors are very aware that sustained improvements only come about as a result of the hard work of teachers, the support of parents and of course the ambition of our students.

‘Governors particularly offer our thanks to all staff at Crofton for their dedication in ensuring all students make the very best progress possible.’

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